Book Your Trip With Santa!

It may only be September, but tickets are now on sale at Ruddington’s Great Central Railway (Nottingham) for their famous, festive steam train trips with Father Christmas! The ‘Santa Specials’ mean the whole family can enjoy a scenic, winter journey through some beautiful South Nottinghamshire countryside. Most importantly, however, passengers can meet and take ‘selfies’ with the big man in the red suit during their journey. Director Phil Stanway told us: “Despite what has been a difficult year with multiple high value vandalism attacks, our Santa Specials are back, bigger and…

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Celebrating Ruddington!

Residents and groups in Ruddington are being asked to acknowledge their unsung community, sporting, business and health heroes for this year’s Celebrating Rushcliffe Awards. Organised by Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC), the annual community accolades celebrate volunteers, businesses, clubs, organisations, environmentalists, sports teams and athletes in the district and the best of its health and wellbeing and food and drink sectors. Last year, Tim Williams and Ian Workman from Ruddington’s Wilwell Farm Cutting Group won the Environmental Group Award which they collected from Streetwise’s John Scott-Lee (top picture). Other previous winners are Ruddington…

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Ruddington Firm’s ‘Tour De Payroll’

Eight cyclists from Ruddington-based payroll and HR software company MHR have just set off on a 280 mile bike ride to Mount Snowdon, to be followed by a 3,500ft ascent to the summit of England and Wales’ highest mountain, in aid of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. The team of intrepid adventurers, comprising individuals from various departments at the company, is aiming to raise £5,000 from the five-day trek for the Loughborough based charity – which is the only hospice in the East Midlands that provides care and support to…

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The ‘Walking Bus’ is Back

As the new academic year begins in Nottinghamshire, parents of children at Ruddington’s two schools are being reminded of a fun, healthy, safe and environmentally friendly way you can now get your kids to classes. After over a year of planning, and a successful trial in June this year, it’s been announced Ruddington’s ‘Walking Bus’ between James Peacock Infant and Nursery School in Manor Park and St Peter’s C of E Junior School on Ashworth Avenue is here to stay. The daily ‘service’ will enable children, chaperoned by adults, to walk…

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Framework Knitters’ Big Knitathon

One hundred and fifty years’ ago, framework knitters led incredibly hard lives. They were expected to work six days a week from 12 to 16 hours a day. This weekend, Frameshop Coordinator Matt Hamilton (pictured top) will be recreating an authentic frame knitting shift in a bid to raise over £1000 for Ruddington’s Framework Knitters’ Museum. Matt explained the inspiration for the ‘Big Knitathon’ came about “…from visitors who regularly say ‘we don’t know we’re born’ – referencing the fact that we don’t realise how good we have it today. So,…

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Village Walk Walkers Wanted

There’s a call-out for volunteer walkers who would like to ‘help preserve the look and feel of Ruddington as a village’. Ruddington Neighbourhood Plan (RNP) is seeking residents of all ages to give up a little of their time this month and join them on the next stage of the project, which is The Design Guide. The RNP project team explains: “The Design Guide is being developed as part of the Neighbourhood Plan, but can also be used as a standalone document and carries weight in local decision making relating to…

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Experience Mindfulness in Ruddington

You’ve no doubt heard about ‘mindfulness’ but how about trying the experience? Well you have the chance, as local mindfulness teacher Jakki Pritchard is running another FREE ‘taster session’ in Ruddington at The Framework Knitters’ Museum. This will be followed by an eight week course in the village. Jakki told RUDDINGTON.info “The 8-week MBCT (mindfulness based cognitive therapy) course offers us a way to unhook from the grip of stress or anxiety, a different way to be with our experience. Mindfulness skills help us to cope with the stresses and mood shifts…

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Cox’s Family Fun Fair in Ruddington

Sellors’ Playing Field will once again come alive with music and laughter at the end of July with the arrival of Ruddington “Wakes”. This year’s traditional family fun fair beside Wilford Road, run as always by Cox’s Amusements, takes place from Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th of July. It’s now celebrating over fifty years on this site! The event itself actually dates back one hundred years, when the St Peter’s Feast was the start of the school holidays in the village, around the 29th of June. “The Wakes” were then held on…

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Wilbur’s Tenth Birthday in Pictures

Ruddington residents and other Wilbur fans from further afield turned out in force at the Frame Breakers’ pub tonight to celebrate our favourite feline’s tenth birthday! Here are some of our photos of the event… …predictably with no appearance whatsoever from its elusive star. Despite this, everyone seemed to have a great time – and the sun shone down! If you have more pictures of our village cat’s special celebration you’d like to share with us, please post them to the Ruddington Facebook page or respond to the Tweet below… Ruddington Community…

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New Writers and Knitters Groups in Ruddington

Ruddington Library is starting TWO new regular hobby groups this month. The first is a Writing Group that will meet fortnightly from Friday 5th July until Friday 16th August, from 2.30pm to 3.30pm. The sessions will focus on fun, informal writing exercises in a supportive and no-pressure environment. Themes and direction will develop with the interests of the group. No prior knowledge is required, just an interest in writing although experienced writers are welcome! From Friday 19th July, a new monthly Knit & Natter group will start (all crafters are…

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